Varsity team prepares for Martinsville

The varsity football team will play Martinsville Sept. 2 as the bright lights bring the field to life at 7 p.m.

Last years’ game against Martinsville was dragged out over a two-day period due to the weather. This may have caused a slight bump in the road of the players’ adrenaline for the game, but they fought through.

“The game was long last year, mainly because it was two days, but it could have gone better. We still won, and that is all that matters,” junior Jake Patton, defensive end, said.

Another player has a contradicting view on the two-day game.

“Last year, we started off lazy, assuming we would physically dominate them and we did not. We were lucky it rained so we could come back with a new game plan. This year, we will have a fast and physical start to set the tune from the beginning,” junior Tim Johns, linebacker, said.

Players on the team strive to have a roaring victory over their competition.

“The game last year was not our best game. We won, but it was too close. We prefer to dominate teams and have convincing victories,” junior Nick Young, defensive tackle, said.

One of the teams’ biggest challenges of the game is to keep Martinsville’s key players in check.

“The biggest challenge for this game will be controlling their key players. They have multiple players that are two or three-year starters. If we do not control those players, we will have no chance,” Johns said.

The team is cheered on by roaring fans encouraging the team to give it their all every Friday night and occasionally on Saturday mornings in last years’ case.

“Our strong point is that we are more than teammates. We love to play together as brothers, and we have fun doing it. It will be nice to play Martinsville in front of our home crowd. Our fan section is one of the best in the state,” Patton said.

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